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This is more than a trail. The emotional impact that walking this trail entails will surely stick with you. I am beyond grateful, and humbled.

Do bring a lot of water.

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3 days ago

This is a fun trail. Make sure you go through the fence. This trail is a good work out. I went on a Tuesday around 6:00 am. I saw two other people on the trail. No matter where you are the views are beautiful and amazing!

Love this trail!

This trail was pretty tough but then again I just recently started hiking! The view at the top was awesome!!!!

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5 days ago

Amazing views! Easily one of my favorite hikes in recent memory, and my 17th State high point!

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6 days ago

Beautiful hike. I didn’t see another hiker but I did it in Aug and it was 105 degrees. Pretty easy until you get to the end of the 4 wheeler trail and then it is a moderate climb until the last 1/4 mike to the saddle which is steep. Fun hike.

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6 days ago

Did this hike in March of 2018. Came from the south road to the trailhead. I would recommend 4X4. The view from the top is very cool with all the quartz around you. I will be doing this hike again in the spring.

This is a great challenge. I do this hike every year in January or February.

Our favorite trail in Phoenix.

It was a good hiked! Bring lots of water. I had 2l with me and it was enough to get back. We started the hiked at 12:15p and we got back spot on at 5:15p. Along the way you’ll see the pictures of the 19 firefighters, it was a heartfelt walked. Once you get to the observation deck which is the vista of the mountain, it was a 2.50 miles marked, then its time to go down the hill for .63 mile to get to the monument where their body was found. The .63miles was the journey when they were running down the mountain for safety, unfortunately ☹️.
I loved how they designed the monument. It was worth it for me to go down there and see how it was. Do not give up while you’re already in the vista! Take the journey down just like the HOTSHOTS. The .63 miles is nothing, it will only take you 25 minutes to get back to the vista. Just do it!
You only have 2l of water in your back. They’re with you along the way! ENJOY!!!!

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8 days ago

Unbelievable views, and challenging terrain. This hike had many other hikers on the trail. I clocked 5.1 miles in 2 1/2 hours. The Summit sign was just changed (new) earlier today. It was kind of a bummer I couldn’t locate the USGS medallion. The last 2 miles are the most challenging due to the lose rock, false summits (3 of them) and the thin air. Over all a great challenging hike.

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10 days ago

Love, love, love this trail. It's a must-do, essential for any passionate hiker in the Phoenix vicinity. ...or any surfers. :) Everyone needs a pic of themselves "riding the wave" at some point to use as desktop wallpaper.
The hike itself is fairly easy, though the last part up to the cave is the most challenging, hence the "moderate" rating. But it's absolutely something you can do, because YOU HAVE TO! Your reward isn't just the view, but the cool air in the cave. It's remarkably cooler. Be sure to bring a lot of water if it's warm out because there's no shade along the way.

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11 days ago

How can hikes be better than this? Hard to fathom.

We 'trained' for Humphrey's for a couple of months, knowing that it would be the highest elevation we'd ever climbed, and gave ourselves (staying in Flagstaff) 3 days to acclimate. It's doable if you are in decent shape, bring plenty of water and a snack for the top, and have some patience with all of the other foot traffic. We picked the most gorgeous day - not a cloud in the sky and rain chances (during monsoon season), 0%. Apparently everyone else chose the same Saturday, and with good reason. Our group of 7 was up in 3, down in 3 for a total of 6 hours (left the parking lot at 6:45 am). The trail is really unforgiving in places - lots of rocks, roots and other low-lying obstacles to give your knees and ankles an insane workout. Trekking poles help, but aren't required.

No reason to restate what has been posted. Just put this on your bucket list and check it off. (Sorry to hear Ron's tale, below!)

While we would have liked to take a pic at the summit sign to show our 12,633-foot, 3,300 vertical odyssey was legit, it was vandalized (or whipped off its post from recent monsoons). Regardless, I'll never forget this epic hike!

overall I'd give the challenge a 4-5 views and the adventure factor 8 was a fun trail. Check out the ostrich farm while down there.. who woulda thought that would be way out there.

Well i have climbed Mt Rainer 7 times from all sides and 40 years worth of mountaineering on techinical climbing rock, ice & snow. Take this mountain with a trail to the summit. I tried last year at age 65 and only got to 10,300’. A trail runner fell and broke his ankle. I splinted it and took him down, no one would help. This year age 66 been training on the treadmill for 3 months at 5 times per week with a 30 pound pack and 5 pound ankle weights. I go at 2.5 mph at 15% for 80 minutes. I go today leaving at 02:00 wanted to see a sunrise from high up. Made it to 10,064’ and had to descend. Why, well first a bear 20’ from me off to the side. Then two bears on the trail i made noise and it didn’t phase them so then i go off trail to get around them and they start pacing me. The only way i could go was down. This mountain is turning into a pain, lol.

hiking
14 days ago

Great weather today! I have experienced all sorts of weather at the top. Always be prepared for a storm.
Not sure about AllTrails mileage for this hike, by distance calculated in at 10.5 miles.
Sturdy ankles are a must for this hike. Lots of trippers and rollers (roots, rocks, unstable terrain).

15 days ago

Think of a nice steady uphill climb through the beautiful pine trees, and then at mile 4 you begin hiking Piestewa peak (but it's at 11,000+) feet. So the hard thing is that the hard part really does come at the end. And it's for about a mile. With no trees. But the views from the top are wonderful. And you're at the highest part of AZ. So it's 5 stars.
There really are three false summits. We used 2-3 liters of water each. 10.5 miles round trip took us 7 hours. Nice people on the trail.

hiking
15 days ago

This ended with a spectacular desert view of Weever's needle along a straightforward but rocky trail.

Once you get off the 60 and get all the way down Peralta, it becomes a long winding dirt road. This road goes on for a good 20-30 minutes depending how fast you drive. It's maintained but very washboard like with a ton of bumps and small washes (last time I lost a fog light b/c I didn't use locking washers lol). My 2WD pickup makes it fine and so can most cars.

Once on the trail it's very clear where to go. There's shade in the morning but once the sun comes up it's pretty exposed. Overall good trail, but a decent amount of rocks.

At the saddle, you can see the needle, but there's a WAY better view if you head to the right, towards the only pine tree you'll see out there. Just head to the right and you'll see a trail that heads down to it.

I recommend going early in summer, I started around 5:40am and it was very nice out, even in the sun. Definitely bring plenty of water (~3L) and sunscreen for the return as it does get hot around 9:30. For the rocks, I definitely recommend boots or hardy trail runners, something with a toe guard-- I stubbed my foot so many times on bigger rocks. Also, if you enjoy hammocking, there is a good rock anchor point next to the pine tree that makes for a breath-taking siesta spot.

Overall solid trail, very few people even on a weekend, and great views of the desert!

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful! I was freezing at the top, bring warm clothes. Can’t wait to do it again

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15 days ago

A beautiful and amazing hike! We started at 5:40am and got to the top in 3 hours, took 2 few minute breaks and took our time for the last mile up. Coming down took almost as long as going up because of so many people coming up at that time, the path is a little narrow and we pulled over to give people going up the right of way.

I’m not from the area but I was happy to find this trail here in the app and that it was so close to where I was staying. For convenience, trail maintenance, great marking, and sheer beauty I ranked this one high- even though I had a spill and smashed my phone (I suggest pocketing the thing.)
I ran it counterclockwise and found the first 2.5-3 to be perfect (even in the dark, as I started at 4:30am). There is one steep incline that I had to walk and coming down the other side was a fun challenge I didn’t dare to take at full speed. On the far southwest side of the trail you head through an awesome valley full of saguaros and other plant life- much greener than I expected for August. That piece was the highlight for me, even over the amazing desert sunrise and view of town from the lookouts at dawn.
The parking lot fills up quick. The trails technically don’t open til 6am but when I arrived before 4:30, the gate was open there were already two cars there and when I left just after 6 the lot was full and people where walking in from up to 1/4 mile out. Also, I didn’t notice any water at the trailhead and certainly none on the trail, although there are some nice benches to relax on. Carry or plant water.
Watch your footing, especially on the steep sections- very rocky. Easy to trip or slip- I would have fallen more than the one time if I had worn my street running shoes.
Plan to take your time through the valley! Probably the easiest part of the trail but it’s the most beautiful too, I did a loop and a half of this trail so I could hangout in the valley part twice.

A lot of false Summits but beautiful scenery amazing view from the peak

favorite hike so far, absolutely beautiful! + parking is convenient and trail is well marked. you will have to drive a dirt road for a few miles but my compact car had no issues.

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19 days ago

awesome hike, temp in flagstaff was 82, you do NOT need a jacket for this hike during good weather, 4 liters of water is more than enough for round trip.lots of bugs at the summit. don't know why

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21 days ago

A beautiful hike similar to many high altitude hikes in Colorado. You can always count on an early afternoon summer storm so hit the trail by 7 am if you are in good shape, 5:30 if you are a first timer in pretty good shape. Being above that tree line when a storm rolls in will be scary, cold and potentially deadly. Bring a poncho, you will need it more than likely. And if you finish this hike and feel pretty good, it's time to plan your Rim to Rim hike at the Grand Canyon, the best hike in Arizona hands down.

Very humbling hike. Bring a lot of water. Worth it to take the journey trail from the observation deck.

hiking
22 days ago

Important ....Drink lots of beer.....after completing this tough hike as a reward. This was the highest peak for me to date. I'm 52 years old and it took me over 7hrs. There was snow/hail on the mountain...I got pelted with hail ...rain...and lightning storms began just before noon. Trailhead temp in the morning was 55. Lots of shade at the start...false summits will drive you crazy. Get good socks and hiking boots and hiking stick...saw people with tennis shoes on trail. I carried 5 liters of gatorade..but only drank 2...it wasn't hot due the rain. I had a cheap poncho.

22 days ago

Beautiful trail. Tough the entire way up. I'd say it took our group about 5-6h to complete, including about an hour break at the peak. Definitely make sure you take breaks as the air gets very thin above the tree line.

hiking
23 days ago

The hike is spectacular the elevation did get to me 5 times even though I have lived in Flagstaff for 3 years. This hike should be on your bucket list if in Arizona. Follow the poles and don’t go off trail looking for the airplane

This is my favorite trail around. It's steep enough to test you no matter how fit you are and has a great summit. There's also a chance of seeing some bighorn sheep too.

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